Dear Naropa Community,
Our hearts go out to the victims of the local shooting in Boulder this afternoon. While we do know that there were multiple fatalities, including one police officer, many details remain unknown as local, state, and federal officials are currently conducting their investigation. As the events unfolded, Naropa University enacted a coordinated communication effort, including emails to the campus community, text messages, website updates, and social media posts.
Even before the specifics are shared by the City of Boulder, what is clear is that the Boulder community has experienced a collective trauma which will require access to counseling services, peer to peer support and taking the time to care for ourselves and each other with compassion.
We will maintain our class schedule tomorrow so that students have opportunities to share in smaller groups with classmates. Our trusted faculty will certainly be very mindful of the pain and poignancy of the day and provide space to process the range of thoughts, feelings and emotions that will continue to arise. We will offer whatever flexibility is needed by any individual who need to process in ways other than classroom attendance.
We have reached out to our residential community and will continue to offer support to our students through our counselors and advisors. Please feel free to utilize our Students of Concern email address (email@example.com ) if you encounter a student who could use some additional outreach and support. Counseling Services is available to meet with students remotely by contacting their office at 303-245-4630 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org . Virtual drop-in hours will be available from noon-3:00 p.m.
We are also working to offer opportunities for staff, faculty and students to connect with support. Right now, Joy Redstone has offered to facilitate a time for staff to gather by zoom from 10:30 am to noon tomorrow.
Judy Lief will offer a drop-in time for anyone in the community from 9:30 to 10:30 am.
I and any available Cabinet members will also facilitate a Zoom gathering from 1-2 pm for anyone who wishes to join in community.
We are receiving other offerings which will be announced as they are confirmed.
I greatly appreciate the very prompt and caring way in which staff and faculty related with this tragedy. These efforts are for the benefit of us all. At the same time, I know that it is a natural tendency in the face of trauma to fill the space with activities that are for the benefit of others, but can unintentionally repress the direct experience of our own thoughts and feelings. I hope that we will all take the time for personal healing, which is so important.
Please take care and don’t hesitate to seek support from our community.
With Gratitude to you all,
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